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Irony of Ironies


(I Google imaged searched “irony” and this is the picture that popped up.  Makes sense).

Election tomorrow.  This isn’t a political blog.  I don’t care who you vote for, and I don’t want you to know who I vote for.  Any political posts will be deleted and the user blocked.  And that’s all I’ve got to say about that topic.

Anyway, I was sitting in my state exam today, trying not to fall asleep (a windowless hotel conference room heated to 78 degrees…you do the math) when a fun little fact popped into my head.

A few weeks ago, when I went hiking for my alphabet weekend, all these health blogs, hiking blogs, outdoor blogs, fitness blogs, you name it, were liking my post.  I had a ton of foot traffic from it all.  You health nuts sure know how to ban together on the Internet.

Two weeks later, my next alphabet weekend is about consuming as much garbage as humanly possible in one weekend, to celebrate those guilty food pleasure we never get to eat.  And you know what…not one junk food, cooking, diabetic friendly blog liked that post.  Not one. It makes me wonder if junk food addicts are afraid to admit they’re junk food addicts, or if none of them blog.

So let’s see what kind of love I can get on this post.  If you consider yourself a tree-hugger, a hiker, a health food guru, a North Face wearing, Whole Food shopping, heart rate monitoring type of person who loves the outdoors, and working out, and being healthy, and you happened to stop by here because you searched “Healthy Hiking Addict”, then like this post and let me know.

Likewise, if you eat icing out of a can, find it strenuous when you have to be outside for 30 minutes, love sweatpants but hate sweat, and just generally love to eat fatty, high-sugar, deep fried, rolled in peanut butter and dipped in chocolate goodness, then like this post and also let me know.  (Even if it’s a secret love that no one knows about)

We’ll tally this up in a few days and look at the results.  Hikers, you’ve been loyal so far, don’t give up on me.  Junk fooders, you have some lost ground to make up for!!

Aaaaaaaaand GO!



H is for Hiking Adventures


What a weekend it’s been!!!  Sandy’s coming, the Steelers are winning, and there’s a Friends marathon on television!  Can life get any better?

First thing’s first: officially survived my first Bruce Springsteen concert last night!

Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh PA 10-27-12

Cannot believe it took me so long to finally see the man in concert, but it was worth it.  Even though we were stuck towards the back (I’m not shelling out $250 a seat, even for the Boss) this place was rocking.  It was funny, because at 26 years old I was definitely on the younger end of the age spectrum, completely the opposite from, say a Justin Bieber concert.  Most of my concert mates were well into their forties and beyond, and you could tell they have been Bruce fans FOREVER.  Maybe I’m just an old soul, or maybe it was being raised by a New Jersey mother, but he’s always been one of my favorites.  And man can he rock!  3+ hours, non stop singing, crowd surfing, and completed rocking out.  The man’s in his 60s and he was tiring me out.  I can’t believe it!  I’m still in complete awe of what I witnessed last night.  That will definitely not be my last Bruce concert.

On a sad side note, being in CEC made me realize just how much I miss hockey.  All around me there were banners flying from the rafters, and I had a clear view of the beautiful 2009 Stanley Cup Champions banner from my seat.  NHL OWNERS AND PLAYERS, PLEASE STOP YOUR FIGHTING AND BRING HOCKEY BACK!!!  I MISS MY BOYS, AND THE STEELERS WILL NEVER BE AN ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOCKEY GAMES!!!!  It was the worst part of being back in CEC in over a year.  😦

But enough about the epic concert I went to last night, from the title of this post you are not here to hear about the wonders that are Bruce Springsteen (although, if you are, I’m willing to talk about the man all you want!!)  You’re here because this afternoon I went on my latest Alphabet Adventure: H is for Hiking Adventures!

Even though Sandy is coming to destroy us and all we have built, my brother Matt and I decided to hike up to the falls anyway, because it wasn’t raining yet (and the rain managed to hold off until we were done.)  It’s great we went, because we managed to get some amazing shots of the falls.

Since the weather was so bad (when you see 30 utility trucks driving down the PA Turnpike, you know some government official is taking this weather thing seriously), we were all alone to hike up the trail by ourselves.  What’s so funny about this place is, as I previously mentioned, it’s kind of in the middle of a whole bunch of conjunction in Beaver County.  It’s right off a highway, behind an Adult Bookstore, in front of a church, under a railroad track, next to a haunted motel, beside the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  (Look at all of those prepositions!!!)  It’s a diamond in the ruff in a less than savory part of town, and maybe that’s why I love it so much.  I love finding those hidden gems of beauty that the rest of the world seemingly overlooked and abandoned.

The water level was super low today, probably because we haven’t had a lot of rain recently (oh Sandy, you’re gonna be changing all that soon!!!) so Matt and I were able to walk right up to the falls.    It’s kind of a neat experience, because when the water level is low you can walk behind the falls and see life from behind the water, deep in the heart of an old quarry cave.  I love Pennsylvania because old mines and quarry fields help to add to the rustic beauty you sometimes find in places like this.

Afterwards we climbed up the falls to the top, where you can stand in the water right on the edge of the falls and look down to the water below.  It’s such a breathtaking sight to stand at the edge of a waterfall, look down, and notfall.  (It’s also very intimidating when you think you’re about to drop your phone 40 feet into the waters below.  Talk about a major heart attack at the edge of a cliff!!)

The edge of the falls

How can you stand in a spot like that, surrounded by such beauty, and hate anything about life??  What a calming and beautiful place!!

Afterwards, we climbed up to the old railroad bridge above the falls and started walking along the tracks to the abandoned hotel on the other side of the tracks.  Yes, I’m not making this up, 3 days before Halloween and we decide to go check out a sketchy haunted hotel.  It seriously looked like a fake movie set, and I was waiting for some chainsaw slashing maniac to come tearing out of the abandoned doorway and chase us down the railroad track until we fell off the bridge, careened over the falls, and met our cold and slippery death.  But, maybe that’s because I’ve been told I have a vivid imagination.  Or something like that 🙂

For real, though, the place was sketchy beyond belief.  If Matt hadn’t sworn he had been there before without dying, I’m not sure I would have ventured over to it.  But I guess I trust my brother more than a sane person should, because I had no problem diligently following him over the tracks and exploring the haunted hotel for awhile.  I guess my curiosity got the better of me.

This weekend’s been pretty epic, but I’m so happy I was able to head to Buttermilk Falls today with my brother.

The haunted hotel…BOO!

It was a great moment to  relax, explore, and just have a fun Sunday off.  And, bonus, as we headed back to the car the rain finally showed up.  Oh Sandy, I know you’re coming, but thank you for letting us hike in peace before the rains opened up.  Now let’s hope I have enough tuna in my cabinets to outlast any potential power outages.  Tuna, peanut butter, and lots of bananas!

Speaking of food, Halloween cupcakes are in the oven right now.  I’ll be putting some pictures up on my baking website soon, and you can click here to stop by and see them.  They will be frightfully SPOOK-tacular, and amazingly yummy!!  I can’t wait to decorate!!

See you soon for my next adventure!!!



Next Week: H is for Hiking Adventures


Ugh….fooooooood baby.

My family just left from a weekend in Pittsburgh.  I love my family, but whenever they come out I always eat WAY too much.  Oh boy, do I need to go walk this off.  Ever wish you could just unzip your skin, remove all the food in your stomach, and zip it back up?  Maybe that’s just my weird dream.  Haha.

Anyway, on to next week, and a brand new adventure to encounter.  I’ve decided next week, H is for Hiking Adventures, is the perfect opportunity for me to go out, and see the fall foliage before the dreaded snow sets in and ruins everything (in case you can’t tell, I’m not a winter person).  So I’m going to hop in my car, roll down the windows, blast some “Autumn-themed music” (does such a thing exist?  If so, what would you recommend I add to my Autumn-themed music playlist??), and head up the PA Turnpike to Buttermilk Falls.

I discovered Buttermilk Falls in college, because it’s right down the highway from my school.  It’s kind of a diamond-in-the-ruff place, tucked away in a less-than-savory area of Beaver County, right off the highway behind the Adult Mart.  No, I’m not making this up.  You could pass it a thousand times without realizing what’s behind that wooden fence and small gravel lot, but the beauty that you see there is absolutely breath-taking.

So next week is all about me, my camera, a good paid of sneakers, and a hike up to the falls.  Maybe I’ll play the role of “Hipster Young Adult” and find some Tom shoes, a North Face jacket, and some Obama swag.  I’ll blast Mumford and Sons, chew on some organic vegan granola, and bring my used guitar just in case the creative juices start flowing.  Ahhhh, Young Adult Hipster may be my Halloween costume this year!!  Yes!

Ok, I’m out to walk off this food baby.  I’ll be back sometime this week with some more updates!

Have a wonderful week,


The Rules of the Game


Why were our ABC boards never this trendy in elementary school?

By now the anticipation must be coursing through your veins: Lis is starting an AWESOME BLOG!  You could barely sleep last night after reading my post-Olympic post.  You’re dying to know how I’m going to pull this off in a year.  Some of you are thinking to yourself, “I wonder if I can join in on these adventures?”

The answers to those questions are, of course I’m going to pull this off, and YES PLEASE JOIN ME!

Before we start, though, here are the rules I’ve established for the next year:

1. I will complete one adventure every other week for the next year, starting August 3, 2012. This can be slightly flexible to allow for other weekend interruptions, such as holidays, weddings, and dreaded work at Initech.

2. As much as possible, I will try to go in alphabetical order.  That is not always possible, though, given the Pennsylvania weather.  So some weekends will be out of order.  All letters will be covered by the end of the year, though.

3. The alphabet list I have is a working list.  It can, at any time, be altered depending on my mood and ideas.  Part of this year-long journey is about growth.  Maybe even physically.  Would it be such a crime for me to be able to reach the top shelf at the grocery store without climbing on the lower shelves?

4. These activities are designed for anyone at any time.  I can (and plan to) complete many of these activities a la solo.  It’s a way for me to relax, unwind, and regroup.  However, many of these activities are that much more amazing with friends and family, and trust me, over the next year you’ll meet them all.  That being said, let me know if you want to join me on any adventures.  Most of them will be announced a week in advance, so if you’re free, and looking for a fun activity, feel free to let me know.

5. We are working on a next-to-nothing budget right now.  The cheaper the better.  There are a few exceptions to this, which you’ll read about, but even those are being researched, coupon-ed, and discounted as much as possible.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for: The list of events

A is for Antique Hunting

B is for Bike Riding

C is for Corn Maze

D is for Dance and Dine

E is for Elegance 

F is for Fried Food

G is for Gardens

H is for Hiking Adventures

I is for International Escape

J is for Junk Food Junkie

K is for Kite Flying

L is for Life on the Line

M is for Mason-Dixon Line

N is for Niceties

O is for Organization Patrol

P is for Pamper Party

Q is for Quidditch

R is for Roller Coaster Tycoon

S is for Simon Says

T is for Tourist Trap

U is for Under the Stars

V is for Volunteering

W is for Waves and Water

X is for eXact change

Y is for Yard Sale-ing

Z is for Zoology 

So now I have to ask…what do you think of the list?  Anything you’d add or remove?

I’ll see you in a few days to announce my first destination. Then you can decide if you want to come with me on my initial quest.